The Horn of Africa
Bill Roggio analyzes an attack on an Ethiopian convoy ambushed in 'Greater Somalia'. "The Islamic Courts Union has ambushed an Ethiopian military column of 80 vehicles, and killed 6 Ethiopian soldiers and wounded 20. The Islamic courts conducted a sophisticated attack against a professional military, hitting the column with roadside bombs first, then attacking with small arms."
Where is the Line in the Sand? If anything, the Horn of Africa is strategically more expendable than Iraq. One of the really pernicious things about the lack of substantive bipartisan debate on the War on Terror is that there is no clear consensus on what will be defended and to what extent. The question of what signal a "responsible redeployment" sends is not entirely an idle one. For the ICU it may have been like ringing the dinner bell. Did they misunderstand? Or did they understand all too well?